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Day Two and Three of ICW
Fred
10/16/2008, North Carolina

The next day started out nice and sunny with wind from the North to blow us across Albemarle Sound. We had both just put up our sails and were just starting to cross the sound when we got a call on the radio, Slip Away had caught a crab pot on it propeller. We stood by sailing back and forth with our main up while they anchored in the sound and Rich went down in the low visibility, cold water under a bouncing boat to clear the line. Well they not only got the line, they got some " rebar wrapped around the shaft as well from the pot itself. They had just come from Maine and didn't catch a single pot there, how disappointing.

After several attempts to get the rebar off, including borrowing our bolt cutters Rich could not get it off. They called Sea Tow and they could bring a diver, but it would cost at least $500. So they decided to sail across the sound and anchor in a protected area and give is another shot. This time after Rich had warmed up he had the strength to unbend the rebar and get it off. They started the engine carefully, put it in gear and everything seemed to work - yeah! We were very impressed how they kept their cool and anchored twice under sail.

The rest of the trip was pretty uneventful. We sailed nearly the entire. Alligator River. In fact we were moving from 7AM to 6PM and we only motored 3 hours. We anchored near the entrance to the Pungo/Alligator River Canal that night and then started again first thing in the morning.

Again we had strong North winds and once we were through the canal we sailed most of the day in the Pungo River and Pamlico Rivers. We motored in the canal past Hobucken and then anchored only a couple miles from the exit into the Neuse River in Spring Creek. We expecting a big blow that night and next day and we were well protected.

ICW Day One
Fred
10/15/2008, Norfolk, VA

We finally hooked up with our friends Rich and Jan on Slip Away at Hospital Point anchorage. This is a nice spot right across from downtown Norfolk and is also near Mile Marker 0 of the Intercostal Waterway (ICW). They had a friend nearby that was giving them a ride to pick up their life raft that was recently inspected so we had a day to ourselves to explorer Norfolk. I wouldn't call it a vacation destination but we really like Norfolk. Right on the waterfront is a very nice nautical museum and the Battle Ship Wisconsin, which he had toured on a previous visit.

We walked around and Rich had mentioned that there was a General MacArthur Museum a couple blocks away, so we decided to explore. We spent a couple hours in there and loved it. We both learned a lot about WWII and what an impressive man he was.

We walked around a nice mall and found a book store to explore for a while. Then off to find lunch on the waterfront. They have a nice food court with several nice restaurants attached and we found an all you can eat Chinese Buffet. We have both been watching our weight pretty close and Debbie did good, but I pigged out and boy did I enjoy that.

We got and early start the next day to head South but not a great day to do this part of the passage for two reasons. First it was windy. This part of the ICW has a lot of bridges and a lock. So when you are waiting for a bridge to open along with 10+ other boats and the wind is blowing everyone around it gets a little dicey at times. Secondly, everyone else thought this was a good day to go so we had a lot of company. In fact, there were so many boats that when we arrived at the Great Bridge Lock there was no room for us on the first round so we had to wait almost an hour for the next opening. Everyone knows how much I like waiting, poor Debbie.

We ended up anchoring just south of Coinjock, NC at Buck Island. A nice big anchorage protected from the North winds we were experiencing and enjoyed a nice dinner with Rich and Jan.

In Hampton Ready to Head South
Fred
10/01/2008, Hampton, VA

Well we successful complete all our projects in Deltaville. Some the projects included:

- New bimini, dodger and covers - very nice looking

- New shelf in aft berth to hold all the new covers

- Two 85 Watt solar panels added above the bimini - They work great

- Added a chart plotter in the cockpit

- Patched the holes and gel coat from previous bimini and stereo speakers

- Modified anchor locker to facilitate the chain pile when taking in the anchor

- Added starboard to bow pulpit to reduce wear from chain on second anchor

- Rebedded a leaky chain plate

- Replace the main halyard with a less stretchy line, Stayset-X

- Replumbed the watermaker for ease of access and remove some persistent leaks

- Put in starboard piece in shower to keep water on shower side of head

- And my favorite, rebuilding both heads as well as new hoses in the forward head

Is was a very productive trip to Deltaville and we feel the boat is ready for a winter of adventure.

Our friends Jan and Rich on Slip Away are nearby at Old Point Comfort waiting out high winds and we hope to hook up with them at Hospital Point and head down the ICW with them to New Bern. Should be a very fun trip.


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